Shifting the centre of gravity for African science to Africa

The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), an initiative of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, is an agenda setting and​ funding platform established to address Africa’s health and development challenges.

 

Photo: Paul Brown 2016

Accelerating world-class research

Africa is home to 15% of the world’s population and 5% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) but accounts for just 1.3% of global investment in research and development (R&D).

For the continent to achieve even the world average for the number of researchers per head of population, it will need to rapidly train one million new PhDs. There will need to be investment in infrastructure and career development, both at universities and other research organisations.

About AESA

AESA focuses on people, places, and programmes in Africa to accelerate world-class research, foster innovation and promote scientific leadership. AESA also functions as a think tank, setting, aligning and ensuring an Africa-led, Africa-centred, and Africa-relevant science and technology agenda on the continent.

AESA was launched in 2015 by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency with the support of the Wellcome Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).